Beatrice Merrick

Early Education and Childcare Coalition manifesto calls for “rescue and reform”

Today, Friday 17 May, the Early Education and Childcare Coalition (EECC) has launched its new manifesto, with proposals to rescue and reform England’s early education and childcare sector. Early Education are one of the 30 organisations in the coalition which brings together representatives of parents and children, practitioners, providers, employers and the business sector. To […]

Supporting Pedagogy, Arts and Creativity Everywhere (SPACE) to flourish

About the SPACE to Flourish project SPACE to Flourish is a four year project which aims to improve children’s school readiness through a focus on supporting creativity and the arts.  It is currently funded by The Mercers’ Company, trustee to the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington.  It will support participating educators to maximise the impact […]

Vacancy for co-opted trustee

Early Education is an incorporated charity and UK-wide membership organisation which promotes high quality early childhood education and supports early years practitioners throughout the UK. Our small staff team is based in St Albans.   We have one trustee vacancy available to fill by co-option, and wish to appoint an individual who shares our values and […]

DfE clarification: funded entitlements to remain free to access

In response to recent queries about why the latest DfE guidance on providing the early education and childcare entitlements has removed references to additional charges being voluntary, we have received the following clarification for providers: Clarifying policy on charging The policy has not changed. As set out in A1.36 of the guidance, Local authorities should […]

Government launches new early years recruitment campaign

A new campaign to boost recruitment to the early years sector in England is being launched today by the government. The government press release says: The “Do Something Big” recruitment campaign is to encourage people to start a career working with small children – one part of this government’s ongoing sector support to ensure providers […]

Supporting Oldham’s childminders

Early Education Associate, Caroline Eaton writes about developing bespoke support for childminders for Oldham Borough Council. Since 2021, Early Education has been working alongside Oldham Early Years service to support their childminders To celebrate their achievements, we recently arranged an event for participants to share good practice and to get together with others working in […]

Researchful practice: a “breath of fresh air” for early educators in challenging times

Guest blog by Frances Giampapa and Claire Lee Introduction A wealth of evidence demonstrates the fundamental role played by early years (EY) education in shaping a thriving and equitable society. The importance of valuing and nurturing skilled professionals in this sector is more evident than ever before. Years of underfunding, the devaluing of skills and […]